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[*Warning* Playing Frotz involves reading, thinking, and typing. If you just want to blow stuff up, this is not the app for you!]

Burned out on all the new-fangled graphics and dazzling eye candy on your shiny new iPhone or iPad? Nostalgic for a simpler time? Then take advantage of those crisp high-resolution fonts to relive the glory days of the Great Underground Empire, or play any of hundreds of great works from the Interactive Fiction archive.

Frotz lets you play free works of Interactive Fiction (a.k.a. text adventure games) on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

Frotz plays titles written in the Z-Machine format. This format was invented by Infocom and was used to produce classic text adventures from the 80s such as the Zork Trilogy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Trinity.

In the past decade, text adventures have experienced a renaissance due to the efforts of a diverse Internet community of talented interactive fiction writers and fans. Many of these games are written using the same engine that powered Infocom's titles, thanks to the Inform compiler and authoring system created by Graham Nelson.

NOTE! If you have suggestions for improving Frotz or encounter bugs, please go to the support link and report them. I have no way to respond if you only report bugs in reviews!

Frotz for iOS - Interactive Fiction at Your Fingertips

What's New in Version 1.7.1

- Improved support for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8.
- Fixed bug printing accented characters in status window.
- Allow using pinch gesture to change story font size.
- Several minor bug fixes in glk game support.


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Customer Reviews


Runs beautifully, is awesome all round

Only improvement would be to add the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy game! (Zork 2 and 3 would be nice too, but hey, it's a free app!!!) :D

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7.1
  • Size: 29.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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